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Post by eddie on Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:40 pm

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ONE of the lesser-known of London’s many amazing sights is the Mandela Way T34 tank. This remnant of the Second World War sits on a patch of scrubland just off the Old Kent Road, surrounded by litter and weeds. Every few weeks, it changes colour, spray painted by inventive graffiti artists. When I last visited, it was entirely gold, looking like the personal battle tank of a mad central Asian dictator.

And as I admired it, a drunk man, perhaps 60 years old, delivered a racist rant. Pointing at a CND logo someone had painted onto the gold, he said that “that’s bullshit, that’s why we need tanks. You’re white and British, you’re alright. But we need to defend ourselves.” Half way through this invective, a young black kid walked past and shouted out “when are you going to stop drinking granddad?”

Of course there have always been elderly, angry alcoholics, spending their time sprawled out on park benches and wandering the aisles of off licences. But the tank aside, this scene struck me as a rather typical scene of modern Britain. As we report in our briefing today, in Britain and elsewhere, young people are getting ever more responsible. They are proving less likely to take drugs or drink than past generations. Very few have serious problems with alcohol or drugs. The social ills we have, increasingly, are problems of the relatively old.

Take alcohol. Alcoholism among the young is what upsets the Daily Mail, which every New Year's Day likes to publish photos of young men and women somewhat worse for wear on the previous evening. But these days, it is people in their 40s who are most likely to be admitted to hospital for drinking too much. Actually, Britain’s problem drinkers tend not to be young people, who may binge drink occasionally, but most of the time are fairly sober. They are more likely to be middle-aged Mail readers, drinking yet another bottle from their Mail Wine Club delivery each day, slowly building up an addiction that eventually lands them in hospital.

Other statistics tell a similar story. The latest figures on drug addiction from Public Health England show that 39% of heroin addicts are now over the age of 40, up from 19% in 2006. Fewer than ever are under the age of 24. The number of young adults in prison is falling, but our overcrowded prisons increasingly as home to greying men: between 2002 and 2013, the number of men over the age of 60 locked up increased by 130%. The same is true of suicide rates: on both sides of the Atlantic ocean fewer young people but more middle-aged men are killing themselves.

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Post by 'Wolfie on Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:50 pm


The author of that article is truly "fucked in the head"...
60 isn't "old".  60 is the "new 40" --  it's only middle-aged these days..          These days, older people are the problem 3852033631

Nicko, Fred, sassy, Victor, and any other over_60s will be impressed,  to know that some young and ignorant agist whippersnapper at some radical alt.right gutter rag is now describing everybody over 60 as old, decrepit criminals --  apparently only worthy of being locked away..

All those "youngsters" out there in lala land better watch out, because (according to the clueless dickwit wot wrote that load of crap), next year I too will also apparently be joining the burgeoning ranks of his/her geriatric brigade --  those young agist twats better watch out !  Because we're "not happy", yet still cashed up, often well armed and provisioned --  and ready to fight back  !!!          pirat

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Post by Syl on Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:50 pm

Maybe the youngsters who are drinking today will be the older generation in the future who will need the medical help.
Booze takes its time to ruin the body.

I hate ageism, be it from the young to the old or vice versa.

I do however think as a society we treat our older folk with contempt.
I started a thread the other day about how older women are treated (naturally hardly anyone was interested ) but older men are thrown on the scrap heap too, I just think they are not as verbal about it.

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